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Microsoft Edge preview builds launch for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1

Microsoft Edge Canary Windows 7
Microsoft Edge Canary Windows 7 (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge Insider builds are now available for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
  • Only the Canary channel is available to start.
  • This completes Microsoft's platform rollout, following Edge's release for Windows 10 and Mac.

While Windows 10 users were treated to a new Edge Dev channel release today, Microsoft also has some good news for those still using older versions of Windows. A little over two months since it first made its Windows 10 debut, the new Microsoft Edge is now available for testing on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

"Delivering the next version of Microsoft Edge to all supported versions of Windows is part of our goal to improve the web browsing experience for our customers on every device, and to empower developers to build great experiences with less fragmentation," Microsoft said in a blog post announcing the release. "Microsoft Edge will have the same always up-to-date platform and the same developer tools on all supported versions of Windows and macOS."

At the start, Microsoft Edge Insider builds are only available for older versions of Windows on the Canary channel, which sees daily updates. Microsoft says the Dev channel will become available "soon," however. For the most part, the experience should be similar to what testers have already received a taste of on Windows 10 and macOS, too. The only exception is that these initial Canary builds won't have support for a dark mode or Azure Active Directory sign-in. Both are issues Microsoft says it is working on resolving.

With the release of the new Edge built on Chromium for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, Microsoft has completed its rollout to targeted platforms. This comes after the in-development browser made its debut on macOS last month. It's unclear when we'll see the browser get a full, official release, but Microsoft has yet to open the planned third "Beta" channel, so it likely isn't close.

Still, if you're interested in testing the new Microsoft Edge, it's in a fairly polished state. You can head to the Microsoft Edge Insider site to download the Canary or Dev channels for Windows 10, macOS, or Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

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6 Comments
  • Any word on when they're going to the native arm app?
  • Insider build for ARMs pc was leaked a few weeks ago but this is a pretty new platform for chromium so I guess official testing begins near the end of 2019.
  • Oh, man, they even changed the icons. That's really a huge achievement.
  • What icons did they change? (this 3 minimum words on the comments is so weird).
  • It was previously possible to install on older Windows by bypassing the landing page to download the installer although there have been quirks like not being able to sign in and sync. I've actually been running it on 7 on my work computer for awhile, but it's nice to see the official release coming along finally.
  • To be Captain Obvious here, I wonder if this is why Edge had such trouble gaining traction - it never left Windows 10 when so many Windows users were still on Windows 7.